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Irsay says Luck deal is 'close'; what about RG3's?


Irsay says Luck deal is 'close'; what about RG3's?

It is likely that Robert Griffin III will not sign a contract until at least one other player in the top eight draft picks signs. It would be most helpful if that player was the one who was picked immediately before RG3 was.We have it on good authority that a deal between Andrew Luck and the Colts is close. That authority is team owner Jim Irsay, who said as much on Twitter. Once Luck is in the fold Ben Dogra, RG3s agent, and Bruce Allen will have solid guidance on which to work out the contract.Despite the apparent optimism in Irsays tweet, close doesnt mean that a deal is imminent. You need not think back any more than to last summer when a resolution to the NFL labor dispute was close from sometime in mid-June until it finally was done in early August to know that a deal is either done or its not.Although the parameters of the contract are set by the CBAGriffin will get a shade over 21 million over four yearsother aspects such as the signing bonus and offsets, which affect how much a player will get paid if he is released and picked up by another team, are points that can be negotiated. It is not known if disagreement on such issues is holding up RG3s deal.The holdup could be something as simple as the calendar. Many of those who would be involved in negotiations on both sides have been on vacation. The Monday after the July 4th holiday is the traditional day for all hands to be on deck around NFL facilities so talks should be heating up this week.The traditional deadline for getting deals done has been the start of training camp. Under the new CBA, however, rookies can report about 10 days prior to the start of camp to get in some work but they cant participate unless they are signed. That is some very valuable time at Redskins Park for RG3 so the real deadline for him is next Monday, July 16.Given Griffins desire to soak up all of the knowledge and reps that he can, there is not reason to think that the contract wont get done in time. But given that it is a big financial transaction there isnt much reason to think that Dogra wont hold out to push for everything he can get for his client. Look for a deal to happen sometime over next weekend.

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#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

As the Redskins settle into the offseason without both an offensive and defensive coordinator, JP Finlay and Rich Tandler debate who will get the jobs, and when they will be announced. 

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Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

The Redskins have interviewed some high-profile candidates for their open defensive coordinator position. When it was reported that they will meet with former Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, the reaction among the fans was, “Who?”

Let’s take a look at what Tarver’s qualifications are to get the job of running the Redskins’ defense.

Before becoming a coordinator: At the age of 22, Tarver took a coaching job at West Valley College in California, and did that while earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Santa Clara. After that he was a graduate assistant at UCLA for three years before getting into the NFL in 2001, when the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. Tarver worked his way up to outside linebackers coach in 2005 and did that job until 2010, when he was let go went Mike Singletary was fired as the head coach. After a year as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, Dennis Allen hired Tarver to run the Raiders defense in 2012.

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Note: If you want more complete stats on Tarver’s defenses check out his page on Pro Football Reference. DVOA stats via Football Outsiders. A negative DVOA percentage is better than a positive number. Zero is average.

For players, * designates Pro Bowl selection, + designates first-team All-Pro

2012 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,672 (18th), points 443 (28th), takeaways 19 (26th), 3rd down 39.1% (20th), DVOA 12.5% 29th
Notable players: DT Richard Seymour, DE Lamarr Houston

It should be noted that Allen had a defensive background so he had a hand in these numbers. This team just wasn’t very good as indicated by the fact that Seymour, at age 33, was one of their best defensive players.

2013 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,918 (22nd), points 453 (29th), takeaways 22 (21st), 3rd down 43.1% (28th), DVOA 10.3% (26th)
Notable players: S Charles Woodson

They did make an effort to shore up the defense by bringing back Woodson and drafting cornerback D.J. Hayden in the first round. But Hayden only played in eight games and Woodson could only contribute so much at age 37. The pass defense struggled, ranking 29th in DVOA.

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2014 Raiders (3-13)

Rankings: 5,721 (21st), points 452 (32nd), takeaways 14 (30th), 3rd down 38.5% (14th), DVOA 6.3% (26th)
Notable players: LB Khalil Mack, S Woodson

Allen was fired after an 0-4 start and Tony Sparano took over as interim head coach the rest of the way. Sparano has an offensive background so perhaps Tarver is more fully accountable for these results than those in other seasons. They did draft Mack with the fifth overall pick but his impact as a rookie was limited as recorded four sacks. Hayden again missed half of the season and, again, the defense was near the bottom of the NFL.

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